Cueto hurls third shutout

JOE KAY AP Baseball Writer Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- That playoff loss in Pittsburgh last year? Johnny Cueto never thought about it much. So getting a chance to shut out the Pirates in a rematch wasn't any more special.

Not to him, anyway.

Cueto pitched his third career shutout against the team that beat him in the NL wild card game, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer that led the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 Wednesday for their first winning series this season.

Cueto (1-2) had his way with the lineup that beat him 6-2 at PNC Park in the playoffs. He limited the Pirates to three hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out a career-high 12 during his first shutout since 2011.

Any extra satisfaction given what happened the last time he faced them?

"I never think too much about those things," Cueto said, with assistant trainer Tomas Vera interpreting. "That was 2013."

And Cueto is starting to look more like a vintage ace.

He started only 11 games last season because of strained muscles by his pitching shoulder. The right-hander has been solid this season but hasn't gotten much help from an offense that scored only one run while he was on the mound during his first three starts.

Cueto didn't need much help on Wednesday, putting the Pirates away with 107 pitches.

BRAVES 1, PHILLIES 0

PHILADELPHIA -- Julio Teheran (3-1) ) retired his first 12 batters and pitched a three-hitter for his first complete game in 38 career starts.

METS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 2

PHOENIX -- Dillon Gee (1-0) retired his first 14 batters and allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings as the Mets completed a three-game sweep.

BREWERS 5, CARDINALS 1

MILWAUKEE -- Wily Peralta (2-0) allowed one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings as Milwaukee avoided a series sweep.

NATIONALS 6, MARLINS 3

MIAMI-- Jayson Werth's homer scored three unearned runs against Jose Fernandez as Washington overcome a 3-0 deficit.

PADRES 4, ROCKIES 2

SAN DIEGO -- Andrew Cashner pitched into the eighth inning and Chris Denorfia drove in two runs to lift the San Diego Padres over the Colorado Rockies.

GIANTS 2, DODGERS 1

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a victory over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers and into first place in the NL West.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

ROYALS 6,

ASTROS 4, 11 INNINGS

HOUSTON -- Mike Moustakas homered in the 11th to lift the Kansas City Royals over the Houston Astros.

Jason Castro and Marc Krauss - a Patrick Henry product - both had two-run homers for the Astros.

YANKEES 3-2, CUBS 0-0

NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda pitched the New York Yankees to a 3-0, 2-0 sweep of the Chicago Cubs in a chilly day-night-doubleheader Monday.

ORIOLES 2, RAYS 0

BALTIMORE -- Miguel Gonzalez (1-1) and two relievers combined on a six-hitter, and Baltimore capitalized on two infield singles by Adam Jones.

RANGERS 3, MARINERS 2

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Leonys Martin had a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning as the Texas Rangers scored two unearned runs in a two-out rally against Fernando Rodney (0-1), beating the Seattle Mariners in a game that started as a battle of aces.

RED SOX 6,

WHITE SOX 4, 14 INNINGS

CHICAGO -- Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run double off Chicago infielder Leury Garcia in the top of the 14th and the Boston Red Sox outlasted the White Sox in a game that lasted 5 hours and 17 minutes.

ANGELS 5,

ATHLETICS 4, 12 INNINGS

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Chris Iannetta homered with two outs in the 12th inning against Drew Pomeranz, giving Los Angeles a victory over Oakland.

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